Pitt FB Recruiting
Pitt Makes Great Impression on Ohio 3-Star 2024 TE Gavin Grover
The months of March and April are a busy time period for high school football players that are going through the college football recruiting process.
This is especially true for high school juniors in the Class of 2024, who are in the process of seriously researching schools and determining the programs they’re interested in.
Players across the country are currently making unofficial visits to different schools, with the next stop being locking in official visits later this year.
One of these players is Gavin Grover, a 2024 3-star tight end from Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, north of Columbus.
It’s been an extremely busy week for Grover, as he’s made unofficial visits to Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Rutgers, West Virginia and Pitt.
“It was a really cool experience, to see so many parts of the country,” Grover said. “To see the Midwest and a little bit of the Northeast as well. It was important to try and get a real feel for some of these schools that have shown me interest and that I’ve had interest in seeing as well. Three of these schools, I’ve been been to. West Virginia, I was there for a game but that’s it, I’ve never seen their football facilities, but I talked to their coaches a lot. Them, Rutgers and Indiana, I was seeing for the first time. With Cincinnati, Kentucky and Pitt, I’ve been there before and have had previous relationships with the coaches. With them, it was more about trying to further my relationship with the coaches and really determining if their places I want to try and lock in and official visit with.”
“With the official visits, I may not take all five of them, maybe just two or three. I’m also thinking about when I want to commit because I don’t someone to take my spot and beat me to the punch in terms of committing first. I may want to commit, sooner, it may just depend on how I feel over these next few weeks.”
Pitt is definitely one of the places that has made a positive impression on Grover, who spent the day in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Grover (6-foot-6, 235 pounds) has made multiple unofficial visits to Pitt, but this was different because he had the chance to watch them scrimmage and spend quality time with his possible future position coach, Tim Salem.
“I’ve been to Pitt for two games, one during my sophomore year and one this past fall,” Grover said. “Today (Saturday) I was able to spend more time with Coach Salem and really watch how his tight ends work. Watching this during a practice is a lot different than watching during a game because during a game, there’s a lot going on and a lot of distractions. During a practice, you really have a better chance of focusing in and seeing what the tight ends are doing, systematically. I enjoyed watching how those guys moved, how they worked and how he coaches and interacts with them. That was a very unique opportunity for me during this spring practice visit.”
Grover isn’t ready to publicly announce a list of finalists, but if Pitt were to make it, he told PSN what attracts him the most to their program.
“I really think Coach Salem is a really good coach. He’s coached for a long time and coaches with a lot of energy, which I really like. I like the way he coaches his players. They are super physical and the mottos in their room. They’re all about toughness and dominating their opponent in the C-gap, which is big thing in college football today. In terms of the toughness, I think some of it the players had themselves but I’m sure for some, he’s coached that into them. I think the overall toughness of the entire Pitt program is unique and is something that I like to bring to my game.”
“I also think that’s it’s really cool that Pitt has the NFL relationship right there with the Steelers. It’s interesting that NFL coaches can watch them right there during their practices, which is a huge advantage for their players that other programs don’t have. I believe that’s a huge reason why Kenny Pickett is on the Steelers right now.”
After this busy last week, things will slow down for Grover as he tells PSN that as of now, he doesn’t have any upcoming unofficial visits scheduled. However, there’s a possibility that he makes trips to Duke and Ohio State.
“After those two possible trips, I will deliberate a little and see what I want to do with these six or eight schools that I’m really looking at. I’ll make a decision on what I want to do with my recruitment.”
Sounds like a really bright and together, Dude.